This is a beautiful hardcover book that is incredibly practical. It categorizes roses by use, such as roses in beds, shrub roses, climber and ramblers, cold climate roses, ground cover roses, and gives examples and substitutes. It is loaded with gorgeous photographs, and is particularly useful if you are trying to choose roses of a type. There is a terrific chart helping the reader to choose roses for position and climate. There is a thorough yet unpretentious and clear exposition on the different rose types, from the oldest to the most modern. It is sturdy, yet strong enough to carry around. Highest recommendation.
This book was first printed in Spain in 2002; this is the English translation. The roses are grouped as climbers/ramblers, roses in beds, shrub roses, borders/hedges/espaliers, groundcover roses, miniatures/patio roses, and cold-climate roses. There are also brief chapters on cultivation, classification, competitions, creators/breeders, and rose associations. This book is a standard guide for the different rose varieties, but for each rose the author includes at least one suggestion for a similar rose and compares attributes. For example, the author suggests 'Jacques Cartier' as an alternative for 'Comte de Chambord', and notes: " 'Jacques Cartier' . .. is very similar to 'Comte de Chambord' in terms of overall appearance, with the same leaves and the same elegance . . . (s)ome experts hold that the reflowering is less abundant." All roses in the book (including the alternatives) are listed in the index. Each rose profiled (and most of the alternative selections) include a beautiful and tempting! color photo. I found this book to be very helpful in deciding between rose varieties, and fascinating reading.